Red Hook Winery - Mattebella Vineyard (North Fork) Chardonnay 2013 750ml (12.1% ABV)
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Big fan of Abe Schoener winemaking techniques, he definitely has a gift in the cellar. Red Hook Winery negociant of top-quality New York State grown grapes in Long Island's North Folk namely Macari & Mattabella Vineyards and The upstate Finger Lakes (Fox Run & Lot 10) Seneca Lakes. The Mattebella Vineyard, situated outside of Southold on the North Fork of Long Island, is farmed by Christine and Mark Tobin and their family. This impossibly beautiful vineyard site, bordered by conifers and set amidst the sea air, is a model of the future of the North Fork. Christine and Mark (the farmer-owners) have been instrumental in helping to establish, along with a small group of fellow winegrowers, a new baseline of sustainable agricultural practices on the North Fork, called Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing.
This skin-contact chardonnay is quite subtle for an orange typically but really inviting and delicious hints of apricots, appropriate acidity, stone fruit, tropical vibes very well balanced.
region: North Fork Long Island, NY, USA
style: skin contact white / orange wine
farming/cellar: certified sustainable, spontaneous fermentation, only 1/3 of the fruit saw brief maceration, 18 months in neutral french oak